Detail View: LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection: Open covers, STC 12135 copy 1.

Image Caption: 
Open covers, STC 12135 copy 1.
General Description: 
Early 17th century English centerpiece binding with initials of an early owner, William Brereton.
Country / Style: 
17th century (early)
Call Number: 
STC 12135 copy 1
Inscriptions: on back paste-down: 'William Brereton. 1613' and on front free endpaper: 'Jo: Crewe de Utkinton 1660'; bookplate of E.M. Cox (motto 'quousque tandem'); Harmsworth copy.
Goulart, Simon, 1543-1628.
[Histoires admirables et memorables de nostre temps. English] Admirable and memorable histories containing the wonders of our time. Collected into French out of the best authors. By I. [sic] Goulart. And out of French into English. By Ed. Grimeston. The contents of this booke followe the authors aduertisement to the reader.
Created / Published: 
Imprinted at London : by George Eld, 1607.
Hamnet URL:
193 x 144 x 43 mm
Covering Material: 
Brown calfskin, rebacked with lighter brown calfskin.
Sewn on four recessed alum tawed supports.
Edge Treatment: 
Colored red.
End Papers: 
Two flyleaves and a paste-down with reinforcement.
Two solid metal fore-edge clasps hinging from the front board and catching on the back. All the pieces are extant and are decorated with "walking, and turning of circles".
Decorative Description: 
The covers are tooled with a blind-tooled double line fillet border frame with a gilt single line fillet in-between. In the center of the covers is an oval centerpiece stamp with strapwork and anthemion. On either side are the initials W B. The spine is divided into six panels by gilt double lines. The center of the panels were gilt with a cone with crowning florets stamp. The third panel is covered by a later burgundy-colored leather label gilt with the author and title.